ISIS and Genocide are Satan’s Delight

ISIS and Genocide are Satan’s Delight September 10, 2014

 

Oklahoma plans to execute a murderer in the next few months.

This murderer raped an 11-month old baby to death.

How does it make you feel when you read the sentence? Would you like to volunteer to dispatch this man yourself?

That’s satan’s delight. The dark lord’s pay-back for atrocity is a triple hitter. First, there is the payback of the deed itself; the horror and suffering of the victim, the sadism and utter degradation of the perpetrator. Then, there’s the horror and rage of those of us who must deal with the after effects. And finally, there is the fall from grace of those who see it and are moved in their hearts to murder as revenge.

Every outrage is a trifecta for satan. Every time.

Consider for a moment how much more delightful government-waged atrocity is to this being of hate and death. Genocide, and its evil twin the indiscriminate slaughter of innocents of every group, feed his craving for annihilation.

If the heinous murder of one innocent child can make good people crave the taste of bloody revenge, the mass slaughter of millions can raise up the murdering beast in all of civilization. Genocide has the power to make monsters of us all.

The antidote to that, if you are a Christian, is the certain knowledge that these murderous rages of retribution, no matter how tempting they may seem, are of the darkness and not the Light. You can not follow Christ and yield to them.

Recently, a blogger on a small web site posted an article setting out the roadway to an American genocide against Muslims. I could sugar coat it, but that would be a lie. The roadway of discrimination leading to organized violence against a specific group of people was explicit and clear.

The resulting carrying on was due, at least in my opinion, to the fact that the web site is a Christian site. It was precisely because the worldwide response of Christians everywhere, ranging from the Pope to those who are victims of this genocide has been so completely Christian that so many people have latched onto this obscure web site and its blog post. It may not be much, but it’s the best they’ve got.

The bulk of this reaction was gleeful denunciation from the same people who have heretofore been mostly or even entirely silent about the genocide in Iraq. These are the same people who bash Christians day and night.

It was accompanied by a more muted See? It’s not just us! response from a few Muslim commenters.

The truth is, I understand and sympathize with the Muslim response, while I take the “outrage” from the consistent Christian bashers as a pose that is simply part of their on-going hazing of Christians in general.

The point to me is that this writer has gone over the falls of giving satan his delight. Christianity is the religion of life, not death. We stand for the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death. We acknowledge that all human life is sacred.

We know that we will be persecuted and attacked for this. Our Savior told us that we would be persecuted for His name. He also told us that our reward in heaven would be great.

That does not mean that we are called to sit idly by while millions of innocent people are being slaughtered. Self defense is always allowed, and the defense of those who cannot defend themselves is part of that.

But we may not ever — ever — engage in bloody battles of vengeance aimed at expiating the rage and hurt we feel over the atrocities we witness. That savagery is not Christian. It is anti-Christ. And it dooms those who do it to the same hell where the followers of ISIS are sending themselves.

Make no mistake about it: God is not mocked. And calling for the indiscriminate slaughter of any of the people that He made in His image is mocking Him, big time.

ISIS and genocide are satan’s delight.

Don’t allow yourself to become his delight, as well.

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8 responses to “ISIS and Genocide are Satan’s Delight”

  1. With regard to the condemned criminal in your opening paragraphs, what do you think is, or should be, the goal of justice in his case?
    Is it punishment with the goal of rehabilitation, or keeping him safely locked away for the rest of his life so he hopefully can’t re-offend, or simple retribution? Is retribution, even death for death, always giving in to satan?

    • Good questions. If the man apologized and made some sort of retrobution should he be allowed to go free? The answer would be no. No society could live that way. Revenge is relative. Even a day’s jail time would be revenge. So the question becomes what is justice for the man’s crime? Without any revenge in my heart, the appropriate justice for that man would be capital punishment.

  2. Satan’s delight or not, the fellow that Oklahoma is going to execute deserves it. He doesn’t deserve to breath the air on this planet, even in a jail cell for life. He doesn’t deserve to live. His crime was horrendous.

  3. CCC 1807 Justice is the moral virtue that consists in the constant and firm will to give their due to God and neighbor. Justice toward God is called the “virtue of religion.” Justice toward men disposes one to respect the rights of each and to establish in human relationships the harmony that promotes equity with regard to persons and to the common good. The just man, often mentioned in the Sacred Scriptures, is distinguished by habitual right thinking and the uprightness of his conduct toward his neighbor. “You shall not be partial to the poor or defer to the great, but in righteousness shall you judge your neighbor.”68 “Masters, treat your slaves justly and fairly, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven.”69

    As for the convicted murderer in Oklahoma, I do not know if he needs to face his imminent mortality by knowing the date of his death in order to repent of his grievous sin. Harming a child is one of the only four sins mentioned in Scripture that cry out to heaven. Protecting the public is also a valid Catholic reason for the death penalty, btw.
    As for ISIS it is heroic to protect widows, orphans and the stranger in your land. No, we should not try for vengeance but doing nothing makes a problem like the new caliphate bigger.

  4. Well I gotta say I am struggling here as well. We just executed a man in our state who killed a friend’s niece… A young mother with a young child. I couldn’t feel sorry and I couldn’t pray. Normally I will pray for conversion. I can’t even think about this OK guy. I want to annihilate ISIS and Boko Haram. So I know I must pray because Christ has taught so well that the only weapon we have to conquer is love. It’s just a little hard to do right now…there is no respite in revenge either.

  5. There are people who should be eliminated by death. The rapist murderer in your example, religious fanatic jihadists, and many others. That is not being satanic. It is being pragmatic. Some people just do not deserve to be sharing this planet with civilized, law abiding cohabitants.

    • Bill we can’t go down that road. After a few bends we discover we’ve become just like them. Deciding who should live or die and not caring are very very slippery slopes. History has born that out time and again. Self defense, life imprisonment okay, but vengeance is the Province of God and better suited to Him who is wiser and older and omnipotent.

      Although I am struggling I know the best place for me to make a difference is on my knees not out with a pitchfork.
      Peace

      • The only reason you might be right is because religious fanatics who believe they will go to paradise when they die are only going to increase in number when you kill them. They love death as much as we love life. Other than that, I am fine with them all going to their maker.

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